34 Days of Favorites: Happy Music

Oh, guys. You have no idea how significant it is to be exploring some of my favorite music today.

So let me tell you.:)

When I was in high school, my English class was given the assignment of choosing a favorite song, and doing a project on the lyrics – providing  illustrations, analyzing the poetic structure, that kind of thing.

As soon as my teacher began describing the assignment, I knew there would be trouble.

My parents were always quite particular about the kind of music we listened to in our home, and I knew I had a choice: do my project on a popular song considered “cool” in the eyes of my classmates, or choose a song I actually listened to, probably a favorite shared with my mom. Not quite so cool. (No offense, Mom! Actually, thank goodness you don’t listen to the same music teenagers do!)

I ended up choosing a song I didn’t even like, all for the sake of my reputation.

The very next day, one of my friends saw the name of the song I had chosen at the top of the page in my notebook, and loudly sneered it out.

I hated to have attention drawn to me, and felt so ashamed that even my best efforts to pick a socially acceptable song had failed miserably.

But I also felt defiance rise up in me. If my effort to fit in was not good enough, then I would not try at all.

I went home, chose a new song, and kept my notebook hidden.

And that was the last time I publicly shared my opinion regarding music.

Even when I started dating Ben, who loved music, I never really talked about what kind of music I liked. I listened to whatever he listened to.

Most of the years we’ve been married, I only shared my favorite songs with Ben if they were similar to what he listened to. I knew that Ben would accept me, regardless of my tastes and opinions, but I’d kind of forgotten how to have an opinion.

About two years ago, I started secretly listening to some music I stumbled across on the internet which I really liked. Even then I was still too ashamed of my taste to play it in front of Ben. I listened to it when he was at work, but Anika heard it, and loved it.

One day, Ben came in while “Folding Chair”, one of my favorites, was playing. He stopped to listen for a moment, then said, “What IS this??”

I quickly made up some lame excuse for why the music happened to be playing, never telling him that it was playing because I LIKED IT.

I went into hiding once more. But that defiant streak rose up in me again.

Why shouldn’t I like it? There was nothing wrong with my taste. I was entitled to my own opinion.

So I boldly tried once more. Ben again expressed a bit of surprise, having never heard of my taste for such music, but after awhile, he said he kind of liked it. He began searching the internet for more songs in a similar style, and “Happy Music” was born.

Happy Music is a list of songs I love.

Happy Music is what we listen to when we feel like dancing.

Happy Music is what we turn on when somebody needs cheering up. It’s light and silly and feel-good kind of music.

Guess what? Everybody else loves it, too. The girls ask for it. Ben puts it on when the mood around the house needs to be lifted.

And me? I just feel light and free inside because I came out and said what I really liked. I stopped hiding part of my true self, and now we all dance together.

Nope, it’s not deep and inspiring music. It’s just fun.

So if you want a taste of “Happy Music”, you can check out the video below. It’s one of my favorites. It’s a bit weird. But it’s very danceable in the kitchen when you’re making supper.

And yes, the lyrics are a bit strange. But other than the catchy tune, there are three things which make me love it – the bass kicking in near the beginning, the craving it gives me to run for the beach, and the line that says, “I have a perfect body, because my eyelashes catch my sweat. Yes, they do.”

There you go. What more do you need? As long as you have eyelashes, you’re good to go.

Okay, favorite music suggestions, everybody! Just plain fun, silly stuff. (Serious, emotional music suggestions tomorrow!)

(Just a reminder: 34 Days of Favorites is all about sharing favorites. I’ll share with you, and you can share with me! Anyone who comments during this series will be entered in a draw for a prize. To read more about it, go here.)

15 thoughts on “34 Days of Favorites: Happy Music

  1. Happy Music…well, we have quite a collection going, I tell you. One of our favorites is Ash Koley’s “Don’t Let Your Feet Touch Ground”. There isn’t a way to listen to that one that doesn’t include at least a little dancing. We also enjoy Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah Harmer and The Good Lovelies and The Wailin’ Jennys. Are any of them on your list? If not, you’re in for a treat when you check them out. Well, that’s my opinion anyway. LIke you, we certainly don’t endorse all songs or even all lyrics from our favorites. But, we do try to be careful what pumps into our kids’ heads. These artists/groups all have a least a few songs that we love. We’re going to love your Regina Spektor also…somehow we hadn’t come across her yet. Happy Music makes life a lot more fun, I must say.

    • We have Ingrid Michaelson on our list, but we will definitely have to check out the other names you suggested! We love some of the songs by Jess Penner (“All Smiles”), Emilie Mover (“Ordinary Day”), Sondre Lerche (anything from the “Dan in Real Life” soundtrack), and Matt Costa (“Sunshine”) are a few good ones, if you want to check out some more, too! Let the dancing continue.:)

  2. Jay and I are about as night and day different in music as you can possibly get. I grew up listening to Southern Gospel and have a strong love for country – he grew up listening to Christian Rock and still prefers it over anything. When we were dating, he made me a tape of the ballads of the groups he enjoyed to ease me into his music. He buys me country CD’s for gifts. When he wants to cheer me up, he switches the station to 104. When we want loud rocking music, we choose one of his CDs. We embrace each other, diverse music differences and all. And I am not ashamed to love country – though i certainly don’t endorse all the lyrics! 🙂

    • It’s true – different tastes and opinions can add to a relationship rather than take away from it! I’m glad you’ve been able to work out your differing tastes in music. On our first date, Ben pretended he would make me get out of the car immediately if I said I liked country music. Fortunately for us, we’re in agreement on that one, but it does seem as though strong, gutsy girls like country music. Sometimes I’ve secretly wished I was the type!:)

  3. I love reading about your life experiences. Sorry you had to go through that experience in high school….

    I used to shy away from revealing my favorite music too for the same reason.

  4. Super-cute post. I love “happy music” and have several playlists dedicated to it. Try “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Faster” by Matt Nathanson, and “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee. All wonderful 🙂

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  8. I read this blog post just before heading out on a family trip so didn’t have any time to comment then. But now we are back. I don’t know what it is about your posts but I can relate to so much of what you write about. I VERY RARELY comment on posts I read but this is the second time I’m commenting on one of your posts – that says a lot! Well, my husband is a musician. He loves playing music and he loves listening to it. He has acquired SO MUCH music that he would never be able to listen to it all in a year. So, when we are in the car, in the house, or out on the deck enjoying the summer sun we listen to his music. I really don’t know what my music is. Mostly because I know it certainly is not the same as my husbands so I’ve kind of put that part of me away on a shelf. Partly it is because I don’t need to have music playing 24/7 like my hubby does. I like quiet! It refreshes me. I’m still on a quest (slow as the progress may be going) to find more music that I like. Now I have to mention a song that came to mind when reading your post that I think is kind of fun. The group is The Free Design, from the 70’s or 80’s I think. Check out “Love You” and “Howdjadoo (Fly Me Down)”. I don’t think their other songs are anything special but I like these 2 when I’m in a fun mood. The lyrics are quirky and fast and fun and I pride myself in being able to sing along to “Love You” without missing too many words.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Wendy! I feel extremely honored to have you comment a second time!;)

      It’s interesting how similar we feel about putting aside our own musical tastes and listening to our husbands’ music. And I feel exactly the same way about having the need for some quiet in the house sometimes! I’m thankful for how much Ben encourages me to listen to music, but there are also times when I need to ask him to turn it off so we can all have a bit of a break. It feels too busy in my head at times!

      And I will definitely check out the songs you suggested! Thanks!

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